What the Heck Did I Say to Ming Tsai?

Just when I thought Steamy Kitchen would be without this recording of a convo I had with superstar Chef Ming Tsai on the phone , the fabuleux Lenny of Chez Us came to my rescue and helped me put up the recording! Here are the highlights of my chat with Chef Ming Tsai: (0:01) I had made one of his …

2008 Menu For Hope: Calling for Prizes!

It’s been quite a year, hasn’t it? We’ve just experienced one of the most volitile years in recent memories (ok, remember I’m only 22), the fall(ing) of economy, the yo-yo-ing of gas prices, smashing of racial barriers, a man who would never make a very good Sopranos character (dude. what a lame mobster you’d make. seriously.)  and holy Kato Kaelin! …

Steamy Kitchen’s Big Holiday Giveaway

This year, I want to make each holiday gift really count, as I’m being frugal AND thoughtful. I’ve got to be careful and really teach the bebes about the value of money and the art of selecting the perfect gift for each person. I’m not doing a great job, as yesterday I gave Andrew $33 to shop for me, Scott, …

Andrew Solving the World’s Problems

We just got back from 5 days of pure blissdom and I haven’t quite gotten back into the groove of reality yet – I’m still half expecting Luscious to show up with 2 drinks in hand and a massage table. The kids had a blast at their Mini Club Med – which should be renamed to “God’s Gift to Parent …

Dear Buddha wondering if the afterlife includes Passionfruit Caipirinhas?

Scott and I on the beach. See my magic bracelet? LOVE all-inclusive resorts! We’ve all arrived safely in the Dominican Republic, and are totally taking advantage of the “all inclusive” spirit of Club Med Punta Cana. This place is simply heaven, as I’m sitting here at the outdoor bar, sipping Passionfruit Caipirinha and gazing longingly at the sparkling turquoise blue …

Mom’s Surprise + Knife Winners

On the set of CBS10 in Tampa – pouring drinks and showing how to open a pomegranate without a squirty mess <- short video clip Last week, my mom, dad and handsome, smart, cardiologist, SINGLE brother from California came to visit us in Florida and see the kids. We usually have family visits a few times a year, but generally …

Not so enthusiastic about numbers

How can you resist those pleading eyes, those eyes that say, “Mama, please don’t make me go to school…” as if it was the most horrible punishment I could ever dream up for a 5 year old. When I was in kindergarten, I remember it was all fun and we’d spend our days playing in the dollhouse and dress up. …

The Hotness Will Blind You

My brother, Jay, and I look nothing alike. And the truth is he’s like a perfect blend of Mom and Dad and me? I just look like too many years of mingling bodily fluids with strange people in my younger years, eating too much movie theater popcorn with extra butter butter flavored crisco colored with yellow #10 and way too …

Club Med Ixtapa: A Week of Gluttony

For more photos of Club Med Ixtapa – click on the photo above. I have about 10 more photos in the slideshow. If I had to choose between driving or being driven, I will always choose being a passenger. But with steering rights and final decision on the destination. Oh and exclusive access to the horn, radio, air conditioner, GPS …

Andrew’s Debut on TV

For the past year, Andrew has been asking me, “Mama, can I do a cooking show with you?” and I’ve kinda resisted, mainly because a 5 year old boy…specifically MY 5 year old boy is quite unpredictable. How do I know that he’s not just going to blurt out my dirty laundry on LIVE TV?…

Steamy Kitchen Cookbook Update + More Testers!

I’m getting so close…I can smell it! So far, I’ve written 90 recipes and shot over 65 photographs…but I’m a little behind – and still have 30 more photographs and another 15 recipes to go. I must give great thanks to a hardcore team of testers who have been relentlessly testing…